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Tutorials review

We have detected that following the instructions given in some of the tutorials available on the page dedicated to them, some errors could occur under certain circumstances. So those tutorials have been corrected and the instructions provided are now completely correct. Even so, if you detect any detail that can be improved, we would appreciate it if you let us know so we can solve it as soon as possible.

10,000 users

A few days ago we reached 10,000 registered users in the demo installation of PHP Webquest. This installation was born with the purpose that interested users could try the program, but it has ended up being a place where many teachers create their activities.

These more than 10,000 users belong to some 2,500 educational institutions around the world, and they have created some 16,000 activities between WebQuests, treasure hunts, and mini-quests, of which we have been deleting those that were clearly not finished or were simply test. Even so, there are currently around 6,500 available belonging to 118 different subjects.

The quality of these activities obviously does not depend so much on the tool as on the use that teachers make of it. Our goal has never been for users to create WebQuests of a certain quality level, but to have the necessary means to create the best possible activities without the need to write code or space to host their activities. In other words, we wanted to free teachers from the technical burden involved in developing a Webquest. Perhaps this is the time to also enter the pedagogical training of users.

In short, these figures, although they are not spectacular, are very important to us, since when the project was conceived its objectives were very limited and it never occurred to us to even think about a degree of dissemination such as the one it has achieved. It is really comforting to see that the efforts that have been made may have been helpful to someone.

PHP Webquest at the XII International Congress of Educational Informatics

We have been presenting PHP Webquest at the Educational Informatics Congress held at the UNED Headquarters in Madrid every year for 12 years, thanks to the continued efforts of professors Catalina Alonso and Domingo Gallego. It must be said that this Congress is better organized every year and that the quantity (120!) And the quality of the presentations is also constantly growing, setting up one of the mandatory appointments for those who want to be up to date with what is happening in the world of Educational Informatics both in Spain and in the rest of Europe and Latin America, so we want to congratulate the organizers of the Congress, both for its organizational capacity and for its human quality, which makes all attendees feel at home.

Regarding our presentation, to say that the attending public seemed to be interested in the proposal of a free and free program with the characteristics of PHP Webquest. The most interesting of all was, without a doubt, the improvement suggestions made by some of the attendees, which we point here so that we do not forget that we have them on the list of pending improvements (which by the way, does not stop growing: – )):

  • Possibility of putting, in addition to page background colors, background images. It does not seem difficult to implement, although it may be used appropriately by end-users. We will try to put it for the next version.
  • Possibility of adding certain pages to the existing introduction pages, tasks, etc. They would be some such as, for example, acknowledgments, bibliography, pedagogical suggestions, etc. This is a bit more work, but the truth is that it is a recurring request from users and we want to make it available to you as soon as possible.
  • Possibility of exporting the activities created to other formats such as .ppt or .zip It is not particularly complicated either, we will try to take time to start it.

Well, it seems that we already have work for the summer :-). We’ll see if it can be done. By the way, it would not be bad for a Public Institution to sign up to give a little hand in the form of programmers. So far no one has offered to help, but maybe in the future we will, who knows.

By the way, we have made some interactive support tutorials for those attending the Congress, for which you can find a link in the main menu of this website. Despite being videos, they are very easy to follow and can be repeated and reverted at any time.

Automatic authorization and version 2.6

In consideration of the high number of users requesting accounts on our server, and in order to streamline the authorization process for those accounts, we have made it automatic, so that as soon as the user requests an account, and if the data providers are valid, it is authorized instantly. We hope that this improves the usability of this application, especially with regard to the courses in which PHP Webquest uses, and that sometimes has not been possible due to the delay that was necessarily produced in the sending of authorizations.

On the other hand, we have fixed a security problem that we had detected, resulting in version 2.6. To update it, it is only necessary to install this new version in a new directory, using the database and the user of the version 2.5 installation.

Finally, we have also changed the international version, whose English translation was outdated and did not work correctly. It is available in the download section.